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Backup [Hardcover]

Jim Butcher
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

31 Oct 2008
Let's get something clear right up front.

I'm not Harry Dresden.

Harry's a wizard. A genuine, honest-to-goodness wizard. He's Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .44 revolver in his pocket. He'll spit in the eye of gods and demons alike if he thinks it needs to be done, and to hell with the consequences--and yet somehow my little brother manages to remain a decent human being.

I'll be damned if I know how.

But then, I'll be damned regardless.
My name is Thomas Raith, and I'm a monster.

So begins "Backup," a twelve thousand word novelette set in Jim Butcher s ultra-popular Dresden Files series. This time Harry's in trouble he knows nothing about, and it's up to his big brother Thomas to track him down and solve those little life-threatening difficulties without his little brother even noticing.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Deluxe edition (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596061820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596061828
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars choose SIDE JOBS instead 29 July 2011
Although this is a cracking good story, and one that offers a tantalsing glimpse into the mind of Thomas, instead of shelling out 20 on this small print run novella I'd reccommend going for SIDE JOBS [Stories From The Dresden Files] a wonderful compendium of all the Dresden Files related short stories - including what happens imediatly after the end of Changes.

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

That book I'd give a full on 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good story, but buy side jobs instead 18 April 2011
Well, interesting as this story is, and as good as the art is, don't get this. Get side jobs instead, as it's contained in there too. As well as Thomas getting a chance to narrate, so does Murphy, and there is plenty in there to whet your appetite for the next dresden file.
Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give inde publishers a break 9 Jan 2009
I can understand how the majority of the reviewers feeling ripped off paying 20 but I think that they have neglected to realise that this was a very small print run from Subterranean Press, for my money the best small publisher active today with the cover designed by the mighty Mike Mignola (the man behind writing and drawing Hellboy).

That said I think that the price makes this book for big fans of Jim Butcher only, there are very few of these books on the market. It is expensive but I, for one, will be supporting this small yet suberb publisher for the stories that would never see pages otherwise.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Backup: A step on the expensive side of life! 31 Dec 2008
I ordered this as a present for Christmas as I have all the previous Dresden files books and the codex Alera, so didn't pay much attention to the discription, perhaps the following should teach me to read the blurb first, but whilst the story line is quite up to Jim Butchers usual high quality, at 20 for just 73 pages (the equivalent of over 100 for a full length 400 page novel) I can't give it anything better than two stars as it left me feeling more like the victim of a mugging than as a satisfied customer. Unless you are a die hard fan that has to have this book now and it is a good story, I would suggest waiting for the paperback version.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas! Brilliant! 20 Dec 2008
By Erastes
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I've been a fan of The Dresden Files for years now and have been in love with Thomas Raith since he appeared. Seems I'm not the only one as Butcher gives him his own book. A tiny story, but beautifully plotted and giving Raith a backstory and a secret of his own. It seems very likely that this will rebound on Raith in future books - excellent!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning 5 Jan 2009
This is a very short and thin book. I am a big fan of the Harry Dresden series and of Jim Butcher in general. However, on receiving this - like the previous reviewer - I felt I had been conned. This is not even a novelette but a rather weak short story and I was very surprised a publisher would let this out as a stand alone publication. The premiss is good but the writing was not up to Jim Butcher's normally high standards. Short stories need even more work than full books as the limited space needs punchy writing to really hit home. This ends up reading as more of a outline of a possible future book yet to be developed and written.

I think you could perhaps see this being sold as a limited edition collection piece supported by the illustrations from Mike Mignola (Hellboy artist)- and done well it would have been a collectors item I would have wanted to own. But it fails to deliver even this as it is neither a limited print run or of artistic merit. There are only 4 rather poor illustrations and the hype claiming that these are all two colour prints actually means they are rendered in black and grey. The best of these is the cover illustration.

Subterranean press are doing this excellent author no favours by presenting this shoddy offering.
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